Canine Food Allergy & Food Intolerance
Food allergy and food intolerance are reactions to a food or ingredient that is normally considered harmless. In people, allergic reactions can be caused by foods such as shellfish or peanuts. In pets, a common protein—such as beef or dairy—is often the trigger. Eating foods that cause an allergic reaction can result in gastrointestinal (GI) upset and/or skin inflammation that causes the pet to itch and scratch. Symptoms can appear suddenly in pets, even after years of enjoying the same food.
Symptoms can include:
- Year-round itching and scratching
- Chronic/recurring ear infections
- Excessive gas
Duration of symptoms:
If your dog displays any of these signs, especially both dermatological and gastrointestinal, his troubles may be due to food intolerance or food allergies.
Talk to your veterinarian about food intolerance or allergies and ask how a hydrolyzed diet could help your pet.